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Go now to Stickk.com. My friend and I did the SCD for a 12 week period, setting specific goals for weight loss (20 lbs). At, you commit to a goal. Identify friends and referees, and give them your credit card number at the outset. If you fail to meet your goal on a weekly basis or total basis, and your referee calls you out, you will have to pay an amount to either a friend, charity ot "anti-charity".
The site is the creation of a Yale economics professor, based upon years of researching what motivates us. Tim recommendsin the first few chapters of the book. It works well.
I post how much I've lost each week on Facebook. There's no way I want to cheat with everyone I know watching my progress! I plan on posting before and after pics eventually. Just not quite yet....the before pics are terrible and I want to make sure I look a LOT better before showing the world where I started from. Vain, I know.
The #1 most effective way is write a check for $300 to $1000 give it to a friend or accountability partner and say if I don't reach this goal you go out and cash it the next day.
In this case the goal should be action based not results based (ie sticking to the diet 100% as opposed to losing a specific amount of weight).
Personally, it's about how important is it to me to reach my goals. When it's important enough, I don't really need any extraneous motivators or "accountability supervisors". Every activity/temptation is viewed through the lens of "is this a step toward my goals or a step away?" But I can get super focused when it suits my purposes. If it's only kind of important to you, than you tend to be more easily distracted or tempted to stray from the path or fudge a bit on hitting your marks. As a result, the results are not optimal. And for some, that's more than good enough! It just depends on how hardcore you want to be about things. One thing that I do though, is to tell everybody and anybody who'll listen about what I'm doing and why. That way, I'm putting it out there. I guess everyone around me holds me accountable to a degree. I just ignore the naysayers, or the bike shed building experts. But the most important accountability holder has to be you. Elsewise, what's the point?
When I an dying for or craving something, or don't want to do my kettlebell workout I just say is it worth feeling as bad as you do fat? I always know the answer. I know it is a cliche but truthfully nothing tastes as good as being healthy feels. Plus I tell myself ..hell you can eat it on sunday!!
The best thing i do is not to set a goal, if you start telling yourself ive got to do this now for 1 week or 1 month then normally my brain tells me to rebel.
Instead I do one day at a time and tell myself its a little experiment, I write everything down on my iPhone's dairy as that keeps me motivated. Take pictures every month and seeing the difference keeps me going
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